14 Leadership Lessons from 1 Samuel 14

The Leader

How are leaders supposed to interact with those they lead? How should they interact with other leaders under them? How should leaders handle failure? 1 Samuel 14 offers answers to these questions and more.

Recently, I have been preaching through 1 Samuel. My last two sermons have been from chapter 14, where I found that by contrasting Saul and Jonathan, and by highlighting the effects of Saul’s decisions, the writer shows Saul is an inadequate and ineffective leader.

Admittedly, that doesn’t sound like a great introduction to 14 leadership lessons. When you realize, however, it’s the contrast and the antithesis of Saul’s actions that we are after, valuable leadership lessons emerge. What are those lessons? Here are 14 from chapter 14.

14 Leadership Lessons from 1 Samuel 14

1. Godly leaders trust in God even when the odds are stacked against them (14:1;6 cf. 14:2-3).

2. Godly leaders evidence a relationship with God, which motivates others to follow and seek God (14:7 cf. 14:26;40).

3. Godly leaders recognize the Lord is the One who is in control (14:23).

4. Godly leaders think before they speak (14:24).

5. Godly leaders effectively communicate their expectations to those they lead (14:27). 

6. Godly leaders communicate to all to those they have placed in leadership, so they may communicate to those they lead (14:28).

7. Godly leaders do not place undue burdens on their people, which hinder their abilities and morale (14:29-30).

8. Godly leaders do not set their people up to sin (14:33).

9. Godly leaders know their role (14:35 – Saul was a king not a priest).

10. Godly leaders seek spiritual guidance (14:36).

11. Godly leaders present true heart change instead of external religious change (14:35-36).

12. Godly leaders grieve and mourn the sins of their people (14:35-36).

13. Godly leaders recognize when they have made a mistake, repent, and are willing to face the consequences (14:43).

14. Godly leaders know there are limits to their leadership (14:45).



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